The Diversity of Small Water Bodies in Chosen Landscape Parks Situated in a Biosphere Reserve
Joanna Sender, Agnieszka Kułak, Weronika Maślanko
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Department of Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation University of Life Sciences in Lublin,
Dobrzańskiego 37, 20-262 Lublin, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2014;23(5):1867-1873
The West Polesie Biosphere Reserve includes three landscape parks, among which for analysis the two most peripherally located and with similar surfaces were selected: the Łęczna Lakeland Landscape Park and Sobibór Landscape Park. The aim of the study was to identify and characterize small permanent water bodies with an area less than 1 ha. Research was mainly based on the method of retrospective photointerpretative analysis of land use forms using aerial photographs and satellite images. Due to the hydrogenic character of protected ecosystems, in the reserve we found nearly 3,000 small water bodies, and 223 in areas of landscape parks under study. These small water bodies have various origins, surfaces, and nature of direct surroundings.
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